ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — Bud Cauley has the same good vibes at Sea Island, even if the stakes are different this time.
A year ago, Cauley secured his PGA Tour card at The McGladrey Classic and joined an elite group by bypassing Q-school. He took a step toward his first PGA Tour victory Thursday with 8-under-par 62. It was his best score on tour and gave him a share of the lead with Marco Dawson.
Dawson had two penalty strokes because of tee shots and still had 62, giving him hope of avoiding another trip to Q-school. He is No. 216 on the money list, and only the top 125 keep their cards. His year has gone so badly that Dawson doesn’t even look at the money list.
The McGladrey Classic and Disney are all that remain on the schedule that count toward the money list.
EUROPEAN/AUSTRALASIA TOURS: In Perth, Australia, Alejandro Canizares and Michael Hendry each shot 7-under-par 65 to share the first-round lead in the Perth International.
Canizares had seven birdies in a bogey-free round at Lake Karrinyup, and Hendry put together five birdies on his second nine. Emiliano Grillo was a stroke back, and Paul Casey and Andrew Johnson shot 67.
2011 Masters Tournament champion Charl Schwartzel and Jason Dufner were tied for 29th at 71.
Former Augusta State golfers Scott Jamieson and Oliver Wilson were seven and eight shots off the lead after shooting 72 and 73, respectively.
WEB.COM TOUR: In Ponte Vedra, Fla., it was a good day for former Georgia and area golfers in the Jacksonville Open at Dye’s Valley Course.
Ex-Bulldog Russell Henley shot 4-under-par 66 and is tied for second place, one shot off Doug LaBelle II’s lead.
Hudson Swafford, another former Georgia player, shot 67, along with nine other golfers.
And Augusta’s Scott Parel and Aiken native Matt Hendrix shot 68s.